The Load of Hay, the only free house in Uxbridge, is truly free. It is located near Brunel University on Villiers Street, just a few meters from Cleveland Road. It’s well worth looking for, as it has won numerous CAMRA Pub of the Year awards.
It was originally built on the site where the Elthorne Light Militia officers’ mess and stables were located. Since the 1870s, it has been a public building. Its name comes from the fact that the pub’s main public area was once stables. It is also a non-smoking section. A cozy front lounge is also available that is open to the public. However, it can be reserved for private functions.
Although it was sold to a new owner in September 2003, the commitment to keeping real ale in top condition has not diminished. Fuller’s London Pride real ale is the most popular and best-selling. There are normally three guest beers. They are typically from small breweries but are always independent.
The pub is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11.30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 11:30 p.m.
Daily food is served from noon to 2:45pm and from 7pm on Sundays to 9pm. For Sunday lunches, reservations are strongly recommended. Each year, there are four themed food nights that feature food from different regions or countries.
The pub boasts three darts leagues. Darts is very popular.
On Tuesdays there is a quiz, and every Saturday there is live music.
A small parking lot is available, but it is usually within walking distance of the pub if it is full.
The U3 buses travel down Cleveland Road. Buses heading towards Uxbridge can stop at Villiers Street. However, if you are coming from Uxbridge, the closest stop is in The Greenway. The 607 and 207 buses stop at Hillingdon Road, just before the Greenway junction. It is approximately a five-minute walk from the pub. You can also use the U5 or 222 to Cowley Mill Road. This stop is located outside the ChilternView pub. However, you will need an A-Z to navigate the back streets. It takes about 7 minutes to walk there.
Three years later, the Branch presented the pub with an award for being in the Good Beer Guide for ten consecutive year. Although we considered giving the pub a certificate for 13 consecutive years, the pub’s owners felt that it would be very strange and preferred a ten year one. The chairman explained that they would only need to wait 12 years before receiving a certificate for a ten- or 25-year period. .